THE Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs joined the rest of the world in observance of World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) on Tuesday under the theme: “Antibiotics Off The Menu”.
The Consumer Affairs Department undertook two public activities to draw the awareness of the population about the need to reduce the consumption of antibiotics in food products.
The activities were a road show and a fun walk. The former was staged last Thursday and took the message and information to the communities in the north-eastern part of the island namely: Babonneau, Monchy, Gros Islet and Rodney Bay. During a whistle-stop at Babonneau proper, students from the Babonneau Secondary School were brought out to dialogue with officers of the Department about the theme.
On Sunday last the fun walk took place from Mega J to Pigeon Point Upon completion of the walk, several prizes were won by the participants.
The theme “Antibiotics off the menu” was proclaimed by Consumer International (CI), a global consumer umbrella organization, to draw awareness of its affiliates to provide their citizens with information about the overuse of antibiotics in food, more so food producing animals and to make informed choices.